Wrestlemania 27: An Analysis of the WWE Roster and My Realistic Dream Card
As you all know, the road to Wrestlemania will start with the Royal Rumble in less than two weeks.
But, with the state of the roster, we can wonder how the creative team will do to hype the biggest event of the year.
So, before going any further, let's take a look at the current WWE roster. I have put all the wrestlers in three main categories (top-card, mid-card and low-card), with some subdivisions.
First, we have the top-card wrestlers who can be put in two categories.
On the top of the top, there are the permanent main event superstars. We can expect to see any of them headlining Wrestlemania but there are two uncertain cases. The current top dogs are:
* Rey Mysterio
* Triple H (injured)
* The Undertaker (injured)
On the top of the card, there are also the casual "main-eventers", but not exactly Wrestlemania main event caliber for the moment.
Either they're not ready or either their prime is behind them, they are...
* CM Punk
* The Miz
* John Morrison
* The Big Show
* Christian (injured)
Then, we have the mid-card division, where most of the wrestlers on the roster can be found. There are three levels.
On the top of the division, there are those with the most potential to reach the bottom of the top-card, most of them are next in line for the higher level. They are those who usually battle for the Intercontinental and the US Championships. From time to time, some of them can be seen in feuds agaisnt the top-card wrestlers. Those who fit in that category are...
* Kofi Kingston
* Drew McIntyre
* Dolph Ziggler
* Alberto Del Rio
* Wade Barrett
* Daniel Bryan
* Jack Swagger
The wrestlers in the middle of the division are those who can get occasional shots at the Intercontinental or US Title. Some of the most talented are in that category along with some big men who miss something to be on the higher level. In that subdivision, you will find...
* Evan Bourne
* The Great Khali
* Mark Henry
* Santino Marella
* Vladimir Kozlov
* Cody Rhodes
* Ezekiel Jackson
The difference between the wrestlers in the bottom of the mid-card and those in the low-card division is the TV air time. We can see them in secondary roles, to accompany a top-card wrestler or as a simple member of a stable. They will also job to the wrestlers above them on the card, but some of them might reach a higher level sooner or later and they are...
* Alex Riley
* Darren Young
* David Otunga
* The Usos
* Ted DiBiase
* Tyson Kidd
* WIlliam Regal
* Heath Slater
* Husky Harris
* Michael McGillicutty
* Justin Gabriel
* Mason Ryan
* Skip Sheffield (injured)
* Michael Tarver (injured)
Finally, in the low-card, there are the usual jobbers who are far away from the secondary championships. Unless major turnovers, the wrestlers stuck on that level will stick there for their whole WWE tenure. Those jobbers are...
* Trent Barreta
* Tyler Reks
* DH Smith
* Yoshi Tatsu
* Zack Ryder
* Chavo Guerrero
* Chris Masters
* Curt Hawkins
* Joey Mercury (injured)
Analysis and Dream Card
As you can see, we're not talking about an All-Star roster. The only depth there is in the mid-card, and a Wrestlemania card can't be built around that.
The top of the card is suffering a lot from the departure of Shawn Michaels, Batista and Chris Jericho in the last year.
The Undertaker will certainly be in another high-profile match to make it 19-0, but his opponent is not announced yet.
So who are big enough to feature in THE main event? We have John Cena, Randy Orton, Edge, Rey Mysterio and, possibly, Triple H.
That doesn't open the door for a lot of possibilities. My personal choice would be a returning heel Triple H against Cena, but Creative would have to work night and day on the upcoming storylines.
HHH will logically seek revenge against Sheamus, and the angle might be rushed to be ended before Wrestlemania. Cena is still stuck with The Nexus and CM Punk as his potential next opponent, but in such a case, the leader of Nexus will have to gain some momentum to reach the Wrestlemania main event's caliber.
I don't see The Miz going at Wrestlemania as the WWE Champion, unless his match is not THE main event, which would mean the match over the World Heavyweight Championship would receive the honor.
And that match is coming with huge question marks: Who could face Edge in such an event? Kane? Not again and it's not Wrestlemania caliber. Big Show? Just no. Rey Mysterio? Maybe, but it would require a great buildup. Christian? The IWC would love that, but I'm not sure the WWE or the casual fans are very hot about the idea.
That being said, I repeat one of my old whishes: The WWE must unify the WWE Title and the World Heavyweight Championship! It must be done now more than ever before, because there are huge issues in the top of the card, with only 13 wrestlers contending for two World Titles. The situation is worst on Smackdown! than on Raw. There is almost no contender to face Edge, and they even thrown in Dolph Ziggler(!) in the picture.
Anyway, which stage would be better than Wrestlemania to go with a mega Champion vs. Champion main event? I can easily imagine Edge vs. John Cena in a classic encounter to crown the new WWE Unified World Champion. Edge would have to become edgier than he is now and go back to his heel roots, because he is a natural-born villain. The showdown for that match could be epic.
For the rest of the card, there are still many options.
CM Punk and Nexus could move on and target Randy Orton. CM Punk vs. Randy Orton in a Hell In A Cell match might be an instant classic. Two members of The Nexus can go against Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov over the Tag Team Championship.
Triple H against Sheamus would make a lot of sense, but The Game might fit better in a higher profile match. There are Internet rumors about Undertaker against HHH.
It would be more than interesting to finally see The Miz entering into a serious feud with John Morrison that would culminate at Wrestlemania.
Now, while I'm at it, why not going with my realistic dream Wrestlemania card? Here is how it would look:
1. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov (c) vs. Husky Harris & Michael McGuillicutty—Tag Team Championship match
2. Natalya (c) vs. Beth Phoenix—Divas Championship singles match
3. Wade Barrett & Ezekiel Jackson vs. Big Show & Rey Mysterio—Tag Team match
4. Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Jack Swagger— US Championship match
5. Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. R-Truth vs. Evan Bourne vs. Christian vs. Kane—Money In The Bank Ladder match
6. John Morrison (with Jerry Lawler) vs. The Miz (with Alex Riley)—Singles match
7. Triple H vs. Sheamus—Last Man Standing match
8. The Undertaker vs. Mystery Opponent—Singles match
9. CM Punk vs. Randy Orton—Hell In A Cell match
10. John Cena (c) vs. Edge (c)—Unification of The World Titles singles match
In conclusion, there are some interesting options for Wrestlemania, but not many stellar matches can be put on the card. I wouldn't mind to see something similar to the above "dream" card, but even then, I'm not sure if it's Wrestlemania caliber.
What do you think about the current roster, and how I categorized the wrestlers?
Do you think there's enough star power to build a Wrestlemania caliber supercard?
Who should face The Undertaker?
With the current state of the roster, would it make sense to unify the World Titles?
Would you like to see a card as the one I suggested? Who should be in the main event?
The comment section is wide open to hear from you.
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